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trip. his heart broken parents will join us to open up about their son and ask questions about the tragedy today, wednesday, july 11th, twomp. tragedy today, wednesday, july 11th, twomp. 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. we do have breaking news. that overnight train derailment and explosion in columbus. it happened to the southeast of the hawaii state university campus. >> it shook up a lot of people. witnesses say a huge fireball lit up the sky and a chemical smell filled the air. right now investigators aren't sure exactly what caused that crash. as we said, the area around the site has been evacuated as a precaution. we're going to have the latest on this story coming up just ahead. >>> also ahead this morning police released the frantic 911 call made after a florida teenager was attacked by an alligator. he
use. the secret service is now investigating. >>> today president obama campaigns in virginia. on thursday he told cbs news that a mistake of his first term was in not telling a story to the american people that gives a sense of unity, purpose and optimism. republican mitt romney responded saying being president is not about telling stories, it's about leading. meantime there's a report that former secretary of state condoleezza rice could be near the top of romney's list for a running mate. >>> officials at penn state university are calling the report on the child sex abuse scandal sad and sobering. the blistering report found that football coach joe paterno and others concealed what they knew about jerry sandusky's sexual abuse of children. former fbi director louis freeh who led the investigation said university officials disregard for the victims was callous and shocking. paterno's family calls the report impossible to accept. sandusky is awaiting sentencing after he was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years. >>> a massive flair erupted from the sun thursday
from passengers on a flight from new york to madrid. tom costello covers aviation for us. tom, how are you? >> reporter: good morning. delta flight to madrid, 206 passengers on board. it left new york at 8:00 but soon after turned back to jfk and escorted to a remote location on the runway after a passenger spotted something that looked very suspicious. on the floor of a lavatory, a straw with wires in it. the crew notified on board air marshals and then a female passenger began having difficulty breathing as she pointed out another male passenger she thought was the last person into the lavatory. the male passenger denied going to the rest room or having anything to do with the wires but the air marshals and crew became concerned that the female passenger might be part of a diversion. listen to the pilot talking to the tower when they were on the ramp but before police boarded the plane. >> we have a lady that is on oxygen that the flight attendants want paramedics for, but we think she's the one that is supposed to be the decoy to keep looking at the gentleman that was playing wi
the scene. kusa's jays larson is with us by phone. >> good morning, matt. i am at the scene of an apartment complex where it is being searched at this moment we believe. s.w.a.t. team is out here. if i can set the scene for you, i know on the telephone -- think of a city block blocked off on both sides by police cars and in the very center of the block i believe is kind of where we're seeing the s.w.a.t. team staging. we haven't seen them actually go into this apartment complex at all. we're just seeing them staging out there waiting. we're also not sure whether or not there is a concern inside the building, whether they're just checking things out. we're told they're asking people to evacuate the area but we don't know how many people are being asked -- >> this is a result of the fact that according to reports when this alleged gunman was taken into custody he told police that there might be, a, explosives in another part of the theater. he might have some explosives components in his car and at his home. >> you know, when we talked to people on the scene here, they have a look of grave co
the outside. but one eyewitness described seeing a man inside the theater get up, use a cell phone or at least pretend to use a cell phone and then go out through that emergency exit. he said he thought it was unusual at the time. and a short time later, that emergency exit opened again. this time entering the room was a man dressed in black from head to toe with a gas mask and weapons. kusa's jayce larson is on the phone joining us on the phone from near the scene. jayce, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. right now from the fbi and the atf as well as local police are trying to get to this person's apartment to see if there's anything inside that could be explosive. they have indicated that that is the case. right now there is a ladder from a fire truck that has been elevated into the air, and it's up to the third floor of a brick building. and we can't quite see whether there is anybody at this point going into a window as we had seen earlier in the day. they had been actually using some type of camera on the end of a pole to stick into one of the apartments. it looks like now t
's stand your ground law which allows someone with a reasonable fear of death to use deadly force. but zimmerman revealed he'd never heard of the statute before the shooting. the case gripped the nation. civil rights leaders protested the initial decision not to prosecute zimmerman. they argue the neighborhood watch man racially profile martin, a claim zimmerman strongly denies. >> i'm not a racist and i'm not a murderer. >> reporter: he blames a rush to judgment. >> i think that people assumed i was white because i my last name. my father's caucasian. my mother's hispanic. but english was my second language. >> reporter: and despite saying he had no regrets earlier in the interview, zimmerman closed by clarifying -- that he did wish he had not been forced to take martin's life. as he looked straight at the camera. >> i'm sorry that this happened. i hate to think that because of this incident, because of my actions, it's polarized and divided america. and i'm truly sorry. >> reporter: zimmerman never specifically addressed why he was speaking out now. fox news says it did not comp
joins us. >> what's the theory behind the cold bath. >> that it speeds up your metabolism. i'm willing to try it. >>> could you fit everything you own into 300 feet or less? the mayor of new york city is preparing to build thousands of micro apartments to deal with the housing shortage here. it's one of the hot topics we'll discuss with "today's" professionals. >>> let's begin with a check with natalie at the news desk. >> good morning, everyone. we begin with the hostage situation at a french school summer camp. it ended where a man has been arrested after taking at least one adult and several children hostage in a town south of paris. the last of those hostages have been released. none of them was harmed. the gunman surrendered to police afterwards. officials are not comparing it to the deadly standoff in toulouse. >>> desperate for rain. janet shamlian in arkansas. good morning. >> reporter: natalie, good morning to you. at least half of the nation is experiencing some form of drought right now. this is where it's taking its biggest toll, ranches, farmlands, some of which haven't se
and he don't regret taking trayvon's life. had he stayed in his vehicle, trayvon would be with us today. >> i don't know he says he doesn't regreat aching his life. he says he wouldn't have done anything differently. he also says i can't imagine what it must feel like, i pray for them daily and then he also said this, and it getting a lot of attention this morning, "i feel it was all god's plan." mrs. fulton, what's your reaction to that? >> i think it's ridiculous. i wish trayvon was here to tell his side of the story. i don't believe it's god's plan for him to kill an innocent teen-ager. >> he said he was only pursuing your son that night and he said he only got out of of the car to give an exact address to the police. do you think that's what happened this evening? >> matt, it speaks for itself when you listen to the objective evidence. just listen to the 911 tapes. there's so many inconsistencies when they listen to those tapes. >> we don't know who initiated the confrontation between your son and george zimmerman. we do know it turned violent, both reached for a gun and it ended wi
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